Category: Blog

What the Heck is Mental Health and How can I Improve It?

Most people think ‘mental health’ refers to a problem, a disorder, a diagnosis, but that is only one side of things. When you are in good mental health it means that you are able to cope easily with what life throws at you, it means you can achieve to your potential, and it means you


The World Health Organization’s Constitution reads “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”.  To this end there is a large push to eliminate stigma and mobilize services and supports for those dealing with a mental illness. Every year on October 10th World

Edmonton Semicolon Fundraiser 2015

I was privileged to be able to participate in the Semicolon Fundraiser at the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre in Edmonton on Sunday September 13th. All proceeds from the event will go to MOMENTUM Walk-In Counselling of Edmonton (currently operating as Edmonton Walk In Counselling Society of Edmonton) to help cover the costs of

What is Depression?

There are times when you may feel sad, or down – something may have happened to cause this, or maybe you are having a bad day.  This is normal, we all get blue once in a while. Depression however, is more serious than feeling low. It’s a medical illness known as a mood disorder. Depression

Feeling Anxious?

Everyone experiences anxiety sometimes. Things like a job interview, an exam, relationship issue, financial difficulties, and being overwhelmed at work can cause heightened anxiety. In these situations anxiety is typical; expected. Anxiety can also have some beneficial, adaptive effects – it can help us deal with real danger, get things accomplished, or perform our best. When

Edmonton Police Service and Mental Health

In a recent report, that was a result of a comprehensive 7 year survey to Canadian Police organizations, the Mental Health Commission of Canada commended the Edmonton Police Service for how its officers deal with people in crisis, and experiencing mental health distress. According to the report, the Edmonton Police Service’s curriculum includes dedicated mental

First Aid for Mental Health?

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association 1 in 3 Canadians will experience a mental health issue at some time in their lives. The earlier a problem is detected and treated, the better the chance of a positive outcome. That’s where Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) comes in. It provides people with the skills to

Bell Let’s Talk Day

Today marks the fifth Bell Let’s Talk day, a campaign aimed at opening up conversations about mental illness to combat the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking help. Stigma is a negative, disrespectful, and untrue judgment about someone based on what people think they know about them and their situation. Many Canadians have

You’re not Alone: Stress is on the Rise

The Mental Health Commission of Canada released the first phase of indicators that identify and report on the mental health of Canadians. The objective of the project is to show the state of mental health in Canada as accurately as possible. The report highlighted areas of good performance, areas of some concern, and areas of